University of Pittsburgh
September 5, 2001

University of Pittsburgh Blood Drives to Help Recent Pitt Grad

Contact:  412-624-4147

September 6, 2001

PITTSBURGH—Those participating in the next two University of Pittsburgh blood drives, Sept. 21 and Oct. 16, may designate their donation to benefit Thomas Riser IV, an April 2001 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, who was critically injured on Aug. 21 in a pedestrian accident in Highland Park.

Riser suffered massive injuries and has needed 55 units of blood to date. He remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit of UPMC Presbyterian and has a long recovery ahead.

Riser, 22, from Wheeling, W.V., was working at Pitt's School of Dental Medicine as a temporary member of the support staff at the time of the accident. He had intended to begin graduate school at Pitt this term with plans to study French.

While a student at Pitt, Riser worked in various units of the Office of Public Affairs.

Anyone wishing to contribute should contact Gwen Watkins at 412-624-7702 to schedule an appointment.